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Mansfield Man Included in Caddo Grand Jury Returned Seven True Bills

Mansfield Man Included in Caddo Grand Jury Returned Seven True Bills

The Caddo Parish Grand Jury returned seven true bills in its latest session, Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Four of the indictments were for seconddegree murder, one for manslaughter, one for illegal possession of stolen things and one for theft of a motor vehicle. One of the true bills for second-degree murder also included two counts of attempted seconddegree murder.

The multiple-billed indictment was against Jaylen Dion Burns, 19; Libert Mancil Burns, 27; Tre’Veon Jackson, 19; and Tarus Tre’Von Walton, 18. All from Shreveport, they are charged with seconddegree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the August 12, 2021 slaying of Javoris Ketron Debouse and the attempted slayings of Rontreveus Norman and Terrod Johnson. Debouse, 23, was shot several times while sitting on the front porch of a residence on West 64th Street.

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24
Nov

Edwards Announces $1.5 Million Federal Grant to Address Human Trafficking

Edwards Announces $1.5 Million Federal Grant to Address Human Trafficking

On November 16, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the United States Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime that will be used to improve outcomes for child and youth victims of human trafficking. The grant is a multi-year award that will be administered by the newly established Louisiana Governor’s Office of Human Trafficking Prevention and will help fund the Louisiana Child and Youth Trafficking Collaborative Accessibility Initiative. This is the second time Louisiana has been selected for the award.

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24
Nov

Misunderstanding with Daphne’s Tamales Procedures Needs to be Clarified

Misunderstanding with Daphne’s Tamales Procedures Needs to be Clarified
Misunderstanding with Daphne’s Tamales Procedures Needs to be Clarified

Local businessman and chef Daphne Hall recently was excited and happy to celebrate her Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting to her new restaurant that features delicious home-style meals and her award winning tamales. She is proud to be able to present not only mild, but medium and spicy styles, with the meats of pork, chicken and beef.

Being the people pleaser that she is, she also offered a service that she probably will have to drop due to miscommunication. Daphne has been able to make venison tamales, when her clients furnish her the processed deer brought to her at her kitchen. There is no processing of any type of meat whether it is beef, pork, chicken, deer, rabbit, squirrel or whatever. It seems people with evil intentions to slander Daphne have misquoted and/or misinterpreted her specialty items into something that they are not.

Wed
17
Nov

Series of Public Hearings Regarding State’s Plan for Highway Construction Set

Series of Public Hearings Regarding State’s Plan for Highway Construction Set

A series of eight public hearings in five days on the state’s plan for highway construction plan next year will begin December 1.

The Joint Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee will conduct the meetings. The purpose of the hearings across the state is to review highway construction priorities for the fiscal year 2022-2023. A copy of the Preliminary program for the state’s next fiscal year are available for review at LADOTD Headquarters, 1201 Capitol Access Road, Room 200U, in Baton Rouge. You may also review the plan at www.dotd.la.gv/inside

_LaDOTD/Divisions/ Multimodal/Transpor tation_Planning/High way_Priority/Pages/d efaullt.aspx.

There will two hearings per day on Dec. 1, 2, 7 and 8. The meeting on December 9 will be held in Baton Rogue.

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Nov

LA DOTD Announces Temporary Road Closure On LA 513 (Oxford Road) at Railroad Crossing In Mansfield

LA DOTD Announces Temporary Road Closure On LA 513 (Oxford Road) at Railroad Crossing In Mansfield

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that beginning on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, LA 513 (Oxford Road) at the Kansas City Southern Railroad crossing in the City of Mansfield, DeSoto Parish will be closed.

This closure is scheduled to take place from 8:00 a.m. on November 16th until 5:00 p.m. on November 17th, and is necessary to allow KCS crews to perform repairs to their crossing.

Alternate Route: Detour signage will be in place.

Permits/Restrictions: Total road closure at the railroad crossing. All traffic will need to detour.

This work will be performed weather permitting.

Safety Reminder:

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Area residents should exercise caution when driving, walking, or biking near an active construction zone.

Additional information:

Wed
17
Nov

City of Mansfield Announces Christmas Parade Date

City of Mansfield Announces Christmas Parade Date

Mayor John Mayweather and the Mansfield Board of Aldermen have announced that the 2021 Christmas Parade will take place on December 11, at 2:00 p.m. Senator Barry Milligan has been invited to be this year’s Parade Marshal.

The lineup will take place at the old Walmart parking lot on Hwy 84 (South Washington Street) at 11:00 a.m., and all units must be in place by 1:30 a.m. The parade will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. The route will begin there, proceeding to turn onto Kings Hwy. behind Mansfield High School. It will then cut across to McEnery Street, turn left on Washington Avenue, and turn right on Polk Street, ending at Mansfield City Hall.

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17
Nov

DeSoto Chamber Honors Daphne’s Tamales with Ribbon Cutting

DeSoto Chamber Honors Daphne’s Tamales with Ribbon Cutting
DeSoto Chamber Honors Daphne’s Tamales with Ribbon Cutting

The DeSoto Chamber of Commerce honored Daphne’s Tamales with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening ceremony on Friday, November5. Local officials, Chamber members, friends and relatives were in attendance to wish owner Daphne Hall well with her new business.

Hall began learning how to make homemade hot tamales in her mid 20’s with a fellow employee that happened to be Mexican while she lived in California. She learned how to make her own version of mesa or dough from corn, which is her secret recipe, and where to purchase corn shucks to wrap the finished tamale in for the best price since they are purchased by the case. She makes several different choices of “heat” as far as pepper with mild, medium, and hot available. If you want extra hot, she will do that for special orders. Speaking of special orders, Hall can make tamales out of your deer or wild game, but her regular types are pork, beef, a combination of pork and beef, and chicken.

Wed
10
Nov

MHS Homecoming Court Formal Coronation

MHS Homecoming Court Formal Coronation
MHS Homecoming Court Formal Coronation

On Thursday, October 28, the MHS Homecoming Court was formally presented to the Mansfield Community. The annual event that occurs during Homecoming week allowed the audience to view the lovely ladies who represent their classes on the Homecoming Court.

The MHS student body also selects one of the senior escorts as the MHS Gentleman. The winner of this honor for this year was JaMarcia Roberson. (see page 14 for additional MHS Homecoming photos)

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10
Nov

Bon Chase Chapter of DAR and MHS JROTC Honor Veterans’ Graves with U.S. Flags

Bon Chase Chapter of DAR and MHS JROTC Honor Veterans’ Graves with U.S. Flag

Last week, select members of the Bon Chase Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution and Mansfield High School’s JROTC joined together to pay respect to the veterans that are buried at the Mansfield Cemetery. The two groups worked several hours to first identify all that were veterans and their grave locations, then the disbursement of the small United States flags. MHS JROTC instructors are Chief Paul Spencer and SFC Michael Holmes. Rose Mary Martin is the Regent of the DAR Bon Chase Chapter in this area.

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10
Nov

Don’t Forget to Vote Saturday, November 13

Don’t Forget to Vote Saturday, November 13
Don’t Forget to Vote Saturday, November 13

If you were not able or didn’t care to early vote, Louisiana voters statewide will go to the polls on Saturday, November 13, from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. to determine the outcome whether the majority are for or against four proposed constitutional amendments.

Amendment No. 1 on the ballot states, “Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to provide for the streamlined electronic filing, electronic remittance, and the collection of sales and used tax Levied within the state by the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission and to provide for the funding, duties, and responsibilities of the commission? (Adds Article VII Section 3:1)

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